Siemens Nixdorf develops hand held computer links to SAP Retail � will provide stores with online access to business information held by a central SAP ERP Retail system Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems Limited has extended its support for the SAP Retail Enterprise Resource Planning system with the launch of a wide area facility to link RF-enabled handheld terminals to the system from stores. The new terminals have been developed by Siemens Nixdorf retail partner, Symbol Technologies, and are aimed at the UK retail sector. For the first time, the terminals will provide staff on the shop-floor with online access to the retailer's central SAP Retail ERP system for a broad range of business information including all stock-related customer quotation and ordering data. Last year, Siemens Nixdorf announced a major initiative to drive the delivery of the SAP Retail ERP system to UK retailers. Siemens Nixdorf has extensive experience in implementing SAP R/3 within multi-national user organisations across a comprehensive range of sectors. It uses this experience to deliver SAP Retail systems that enable retailers to greatly improve integration of their mission-critical operations, such as monitoring product replenishment from suppliers, via head office, to stores. "Traditionally, UK retailers have seen SAP R/3 as a highly centralised business function - primarily viewed as a head office tool. By using SAP Retail to integrate operations across the retail enterprise, retailers are beginning to realise how they can deploy its facilities more widely to achieve far greater competitive advantage," commented Andy Cummins, Marketing Manager of Siemens Nixdorf's Retail and Banking Systems. "Along with our EPoS systems, these new hand held terminals help form a powerful retail infrastructure that enable individual stores to access a wealth of business and financial information managed by SAP Retail that can enhance the quality of their customer service." Siemens Nixdorf is a field leader in the retail market and is the UK's leading supplier of store systems technology. It is a major global partner and implementor of SAP R/3 solutions under the AcceleratedSAP Partner Programme. Its R/3 LIVE approach enables UK organisations to source all their core business systems and services requirements through a single supplier. About Symbol Technologies Symbol is a major Siemens Nixdorf partner and offers a leading range of scanner products and the Spectrum 24 RF network. Spectrum 24 provides a radio backbone for the integration of mobile terminals into the store environment. This infrastructure is increasingly important to support customer service applications on the shop floor such as product enquiry and customer quotations for large ticket items. Spectrum 24 conforms to the European Uniform Operating Frequency of 2.4 GHz under the 802.11 standard. About Siemens Nixdorf Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems is a European market leader in the provision of Information and Communication products and services to major retailers and banks - with 50,000 Point of Sale terminals installed throughout the UK and 80,000 ATMs and self-service terminals throughout Europe. Siemens Nixdorf offers total solutions based on open systems and its innovative technology developed specifically for the retail and banking sectors. The portfolio includes a range of customised software applications and powerful technical infrastructure capabilities with a leading position in the implementation of Microsoft Active Store technology for retail and Microsoft WOSA technology for financial institutions. Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems is a key business within Siemens Information and Communication Products, part of the major DM50 billion turnover Siemens Information and Communications business which is made up of three Groups: Information and Communication Products, Information and Communication Networks and Siemens Business Services. This new business was formed on October 1, 1998 in response to the growing requirement for converged IT and communications products and services. For more information Please contact: Andy Cummins Siemens Nixdorf Retail and Banking Systems Limited Tel: 01344 850321 [email protected] Charles Crabtree IBA Tel: 01780 721433 [email protected]
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